INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 22, 2011)—Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty headlines a field of five 3-year-old fillies entered in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks Saturday at Hollywood Park.
A Grade II at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Oaks is the eighth of nine races Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m.
A neck winner of the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 6 at Churchill Downs after a 25-length victory in the Sunland Park Oaks some six weeks earlier, Plum Pretty was originally scheduled to compete in the $250,000 Mother Goose Saturday at Belmont Park.
However, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and the A.P. Indy mare Liszy had a temperature earlier in the week – which quickly subsided – and those plans changed.
Owned by Peachtree Stable and trained by Bob Baffert, who won this event in 2003 with Santa Catarina and Tough Tiz’s Sis in 2007, Plum Pretty has won three of five and earned $761,200. In addition to her Kentucky Oaks victory, Plum Pretty was third in a pair of graded races – the Santa Ynez Jan. 15 and the Las Virgenes Feb. 5 at Santa Anita.
If she runs and succeeds Saturday, Plum Pretty would join Fran’s Valentine as the only filly to win the Kentucky Oaks and Hollywood Oaks. Fran’s Valentine completed the double in 1985 for trainer Joe Manzi and owner Earl Scheib’s Green Thumb Farm Stable.
After winning the 2010 Kentucky Oaks, Blind Luck was second as the 1-2 favorite in the Hollywood Oaks, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Switch.
Zazu will try to make a bit of history for trainer John Sadler.
Sadler, who saddled Switch for his first win in this race a year ago, will attempt to become the first trainer to repeat in the race since Charlie Whittingham won consecutively with Turkish Trousers in 1971 and Pallisima in 1972. Whittingham leads all trainers with six Oaks victories.
Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zazu returns to California after finishing third in the Kentucky Oaks. The gray daughter of Tapit and the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line finished 2 ¾ lengths behind Plum Pretty.
A winner of two of eight with earnings of $382,985, Zazu will be aiming for her second graded victory Saturday. The Kentucky bred, who was purchased for $285,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale in 2009, won the Grade I Las Virgenes.
Worse than third only once in her career, Zazu was second in both the Santa Anita Oaks and the Santa Ynez.
Second in three races in a row, Big Tiz will stretch to two turns again for owners Allen and Susan Branch and Cory Wagner and trainer Mark Glatt. The Tiznow filly out of the Carson City mare Squall City was runner-up behind May Day Rose in the seven-furlong Railbird in her most recent outing May 21.
Off the board only once in eight starts, Big Tiz has earned $160,110. Her lone win came against maidens at the Hollywood Oaks distance last Oct. 10 during the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet.
.Patrick Valenzuela, who has ridden Big Tiz in her three most recent outings, will be seeking his 100th stakes win at Hollywood Park. Valenzuela got within one of the milestone with his upset victory aboard Sugarinthemorning in the Manhattan Beach June 18.
Well beaten when fourth of five in the Black Eyed Susan May 20 at Pimlico, Love Theway Youare returns to the scene of her most recent win for owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho.
The daughter of Arch and the Tabasco Cat mare Diversa won an optional claimer at the Hollywood Oaks distance April 22. She has won two of eight, earning $94,720.
After four consecutive races on turf, Wallstreeter returns to synthetic for owner-breeder Darley Stable and trainer Eoin Harty. The daughter of Street Cry and the Forest Wildcat mare Silvestra has yet to hit the board in three races over synthetic surfaces, including a fifth place finish in the Sharp Cat Stakes last Nov. 7 at Hollywood Park. Wallstreeter has won once in eight attempts. She’s earned $38,976.
From inside out, the field for the Hollywood Oaks: Love Theway You are, Alonso Quinonez rides, 115 pounds; Wallstreeter, David Flores, 113; Plum Pretty, Martin Garcia, 123; Zazu, Joel Rosario, 119 and Big Tiz, Patrick Valenzuela, 113.
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